The momentum in the NL West Division race has shifted in the Dodgers favor the last few days. The Dodger fans captured first place Wednesday night for the first time since late April. Los Angeles swept the Braves, the Giants got swept by the Brewers. Many fans and analysts alike believed it was only a matter of time.
MLB Sirius XM’s Casey Stern, who has also covered the NBA, compared this Dodgers squad to another great team. One that was loaded with talent, veterans, and never doubted themselves – the Golden State Warriors. A team that won three championships in five years.
“A lot of their [the Warriors] games in the playoffs for about three years, they had dudes who smelled blood like Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Steph Curry. That’s Justin Turner, Max Scherzer, Walker Buehler, Mookie – they got dudes on this team that smell blood and they know the Giants are slipping.”
After Wednesday, the Giants are 5-5 in their last ten games, and have lost four in a row. The Dodgers stand at 7-3 and just swept the NL East leading Atlanta Braves.
Apparently, Stern missed the irony of comparing the Los Angeles Dodgers to a beloved Bay Area dynasty. Stern continued his comparison. Highlighting that the Dodgers’ talented lineup and rotation, like the championship Warriors’ impeccable shooting, give them a wider margin of error than most.
“If you were going to beat the Warriors during those days, they were going to have to have a bad shooting night. You couldn’t beat them if they played their B-game and you played your A-game. It’s not good enough. If their [the Dodgers] bullpen doesn’t have an implosion based kind of a week or two, it’s not going to matter what you do.”
The battle for the NL West is far from over, but the Dodgers finally have the advantage.